THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

Paris never stops, and Hôtel de Crillon is the city’s heartbeat. Discover all the capital has to offer, whether you are into culture, arts, shopping, gastronomy or endless strolls.

STROLL

Les passages Parisiens

These glass-roofed shopping galleries known as les passages couverts (covered passages) were created in the 19th century surrounding today’s Grands Boulevards. They aimed to attract Parisians during the winter season in a sophisticated setting far from the hustle and bustle of the boulevards. Today, you can still go all the way from Faubourg Montmartre to the Louvre by following these passages for most of the journey. Follow le Passage des Panoramas, Jouffroy, Verdeau, or even la Galerie Vivienne and Véro-Dodat, a timeless stroll through architectural gems that comes highly recommended.

Les Quais de Seine (The Banks of River Seine)

“Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine et nos amours faut-il qu’il m’en souvienne!” (“The Seine flows under the Mirabeau bridge; it is there that we should remember our past loves”.) French poet Guillaume Apollinaire accompanies you on this romantic stroll along the banks of the Seine. From the Pont des Arts at Notre-Dame Cathedral, and from Vert Galant to Ile St Louis, admire the beauty of the historic center. Soak up the buzz of the river banks, where second-hand book stores lean against the slope, juxtaposed with the serenity of the Seine.

From Panthéon to rue Mouffetard

In the south of the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) stands the Panthéon, reminiscent of a landmark honoring lost soldiers. Turn to your left, take rue Clovis and wander along the front of the imposing church St Etienne du Mont. After taking in a moment of ancient history, turn right onto rue Descartes, until you reach Place de la Contrescarpe, then go down rue Mouffetard. This is the soul of Paris.

Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis

Floating on the Seine, in the heart of the city, these islands are known in history as Lutetia. They form part of the 1st and 4th arrondissements, in the capital's center. Here you'll discover Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris; Sainte Chapelle, a royal chapel in the Gothic style; la Conciergerie, the former prison and now a court of law; and Notre-Dame Cathedral, with its medieval architecture still intact. Take a short break at Berthillon ice cream parlor to top off this timeless stroll. One of our favorite spots will be at the bottom of Ile de la Cité, inside the Vert Galant garden overlooking the Seine River and its bridges. A nice sunset with a chilled bottle of champagne is worth a lifetime.

DINE

Fine Dining

David Toutain made his big break in cookery at just 20 years of age, when the Normandy-born chef started working at a renowned Parisian restaurant, the Arpège. He completed his training at the Ambroisie restaurant, alongside distinguished chefs Bernard Loiseau and Pierre Gagnaire and soon after met Marc Veyrat, known for his innovative use of herbs and plants in cookery. He later opened his own restaurant with a bright, refined décor offering inventive dishes full of surprises and served by attentive staff. A culinary experience not to be missed.

Pavillon Ledoyen: The Michelin-starred chef, Yannick Alléno, serves up local dishes and distinct flavors on the Champs-Elysées.  His philosophy and fine recipes are showcased at this gourmet restaurant in the opulent Napoleon III room, situated in the gardens of the Champs-Elysées.

La Tour d’Argent:  Another world-renowned culinary institution in Paris is La Tour d’Argent which has played a part in the capital's heritage since the 17th century. Situated on the banks of the Seine, this top-floor restaurant offers an outstanding view of the Notre-Dame cathedral, and continues its tradition of excellence with dishes by Chef Philippe Labbé.  The pressed duck (Canard de Chaland au sang) is a house specialty, and is highly recommended. Diners who order the duck receive a postcard with the bird's serial number, now well over one million. It was here that the fork was first used.  Be sure to pay a visit to the restaurant's magnificent wine cellar after dinner.

Alliance: Between the left bank of the Seine and Boulevard St Germain, Alliance restaurant serves up dishes created with seasonal ingredients from different areas of France. The restaurant was born out of a sense of passion from two people who had worked in various restaurants for 15 years, and decided to start a collaboration in 2012. In the kitchen, Toshitaka Omiya (previously a chef at Le Cinq and Agapé) and in the dining room, Shawn Joyeux (previously maître d’ at Ralph’s), demonstrate their talent in this modern setting.

Le Grand Restaurant: A contemporary restaurant offering original dishes with home-cooked flavors, where Jean-François Piège is known for his creativity and savoir-faire. The words “unhurried” and “creative freedom” come to mind at this gourmet restaurant, where the diner's experience is given prime importance.

Divellec: This legendary seafood restaurant near Invalides station is the result of distinguished Chef Mathieu Pacaud, who is at the helm with his father Bernard. After having worked together at Ambroisie, the father-son duo came together once again, this time branching out on a new adventure: Divellec.

Kei restaurant: Japanese chef Kei Kobayashi, a former student of Alain Ducasse, finds the perfect balance between flavors and textures, serving up beautifully presented refined dishes that could be described as French haute cuisine with an Asian twist. His expertly crafted, minimalist creations will take you through a myriad of flavors that will leave a lasting impression.

Casual Spot

Les Chouettes: At the heart of Le Marais, you'll discover a typical Parisian venue with gorgeous décor. Make way for fine French cuisine, served by a roaring fireplace in the coldest hours of winter. Open every day of the year. 

Daroco: In a spectacular setting - previously home to Jean Paul Gaultier's flagship store - the restaurant's high mirrored ceilings and marble tabletops make for the perfect place to peruse a magnificent, minimalist menu. Dishes are made using authentically sourced produce, supplied by the Italian artisan store Terra Candido in Paris, but also directly sourced from Italy. Discover all that Daroco has to offer while sipping an exquisite cocktail made by the head bartender.

Restaurant Passerini: Giovanni Passerini is back on the scene. You’ll find him in the bright, open kitchen that's been stripped back and refined. In the restaurant, the Art Deco wall lighting and 50's-style orb lights suspended from the ceiling complement the vintage furniture. Giovanni cooks up a flexible menu of popular Italian dishes, served twice a day (lunch and dinner).

Le Servan: The Levha sisters at the helm of this recently lauded Parisian bistro have transformed what was once a soulless café into a charming restaurant. The vibrant dishes from a menu that changes every day includes traditional classics fused with Filipino flavors, reflecting the sisters' heritage. This great spot has a typical Parisian ambience in a minimalist setting.

Papillon: The young and talented Christophe Saintagne has escaped the glow of the luxury Parisian restaurants he used to cook at to create his own path at his very own restaurant, Papillon. The three Michelin-starred restaurant serves authentic dishes made with exceptional produce. The young but professional wait staff and the light, subtle décor make this a gourmet dining venue not to be missed! The adjoining store boasts fine ingredients so guests can savor the moment a little bit longer.

L'Ami Jean: Trained by Yves Camdeborde and Christian Constant (alumni from Hôtel de Crillon), Stéphane Jégo is at the helm of this successful Basque bistro, which has stood in the 7th arrondissement since the 30s. The reasons behind its success? A beautiful, rustic interior, generous portions, innovative cuisine and a great review of the restaurant in the New York Times from 2007.

Chez Georges, rue du Mail: In the Sentier district of Paris you'll find another culinary institution, founded in 1964. Stools, counters, stucco and mirrors abound: this authentic Parisian bistro has preserved its original décor as well as its ambience. Typical French cuisine and traditional dishes are served, such as sole meunière, rognons de veau and hareng vinaigrette.

La Régalade St Honoré: Bruno Doucet is an uncontested master of bistro cuisine, and one of his three restaurants in Paris just so happens to be less than 2 km from Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel. It's right next to the Louvre and the canopy of Les Halles. Treat your taste buds to the chicken terrine, braised beef cheek or even the rice pudding, to be enjoyed without moderation in this contemporary, bright locale. Delicious food and unbeatable value-for-money, especially considering the area.

Lapérouse: Set in a majestic 18th century townhouse, covered in wooden panels and gilding, this popular haunt offers cozy “snugs” you can nestle into and magnificent views over Paris from the first-floor dining rooms. The chef, Jean-Sébastien Pouch - a former sous-chef of Eric Fréchon - serves French cuisine in what is undeniably one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris.

SHOP

Faubourg St Honoré

Faubourg St Honoré, situated just a few steps from the hotel, is a historic building and a must-see for those shopping for luxury clothing. All the major fashion retailers are located there, as well as a few haute couture boutiques such as Lanvin, Galliano, Gucci and Hermès. A few steps further to the east you'll find a wide range of fine jewelers around the Place Vendôme.

The arches of the Palais Royal

Just a few steps from the Louvre you'll discover the garden of the Palais Royal. Surrounded by spectacular buildings, this (slightly hidden) green space houses luxury boutiques under its arches. Just a few examples of these include Delvaux, Ricky Owens, perfumer Serge Lutens, the king of vintage haute couture Didier Ludot, and many more surprises. Take a moment to relax and look around, admiring French style at its best.

Rather than creating your perfume with approximative scents, why don't you discover your tastes, your personality, and fragrances that will suit you for decades through a personal and bespoke analysis? Nose, at 20 rue Bachaumont, behind the Palais Royal, will provide a unique experience thanks to more than 500 references from 45 niche International perfumers. You won't be looking at your perfume the same way after this experience.

The Marais district

The Marais district was created under the reign of King Henri IV, on the wetlands on the right bank. Imposing mansions were built there, and a couple of them house the Picasso and

Carnavalet museums to this day. Place de Vosges alone is worth going out of your way to visit. The Marais has become a fashionable, sought-after district, with its restaurants, tea rooms, art galleries, antique stores, and fashion & accessory stores, which remain open even on a Sunday.

Rather than creating your perfume with approximative scents, why don't you discover your tastes, your personality, and fragrances that will suit you for decades through a personal and bespoke analysis? Nose, at 20 rue Bachaumont, behind the Palais Royal, will provide a unique experience thanks to more than 500 references from 45 niche International perfumers. You won't be looking at your perfume the same way after this experience.

St Germain des Prés

St Germain des Prés: Eclectic styles have full reign in Saint Germain des Prés, where haute couture boutiques and fashion retailers line the streets, from the top of rue de Rennes, rue de Grenelle and boulevard Saint Germain (Sonia Rykiel, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Kenzo), alongside fashion retailers like Zara, and Levi’s. There's also a vast selection of shoe stores that are worth mentioning (Tod’s, John Lobb, Louboutin, Robert Clergerie, Berluti, Repetto).

THEATRE AND SHOWS

Opéra

Historically reserved for ballet, the capital's Opéra Garnier is an architectural landmark, open to visitors and still home to the Paris Opéra Ballet. Opéra Bastille is predominantly dedicated to opera, with new pieces and continually revamped adaptations being performed.

Salle Pleyel

Salle Pleyel, named after French piano manufacturer Ignaz Pleyel, is a hall where symphonic concerts are performed. Recently renovated, it has great acoustics and stages major musical events, adding to the thriving Paris music scene.

Comédie Française

Comédie Française, a state theater with its own troupe of comedians in residence. The troupe formed soon after the death of Molière in 1673, and performs classics from French theatre.

So-called “boulevard theatres” are, for the most part, located in the Quartier des Grands Boulevards. These theatres have attracted many Parisians, who come to see a rich and varied program comprised of revivals and new pieces.

Théâtre des Champs Elysées

The Théâtre des Champs Elysées, built in 1913 and situated at the end of avenue Montaigne, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful theatres in Paris. A group of artists inspired its design, comprising architects Henry Van de Velde and Auguste Perret, painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, painter Maurice Denis, as well as glassmaker René Lalique, all of whom brought this building to life. Classical music programs, as well as Baroque, are on the calendar each year.

Crazy Horse

A cabaret club opened in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, this elegant and charming Parisian venue is open every night of the year. Esteemed guests such as Dita von Teese, Arielle Dombasle, Pamela Anderson and Noémie Lenoir, have performed in shows over the past years. Partnerships with Christian Louboutin and Chantal Thomas add a dash of glamour to this mythical spot.

MUSEUMS AND ART

Musee du Louvre

Considered to be one of the greatest museums in the world, it would take several days to see all its art and antique collections. Without a doubt, the Louvre's most popular piece is the Mona Lisa. They say that her eyes seem to follow you around the room...have a look for yourself! It has easier access on Wednesdays and Fridays after 3:00 p.m. since they have scheduled late openings until 10pm those 2 days.

Musée Rodin

This mansion, near Invalides station, houses the most beautiful collection of Rodin's work. Some of his sculptures are on display in the timeless French formal garden’s serene setting.

Musée Picasso

The site of this museum is one of the most striking mansions in the Marais district. It presents Picasso's work throughout his various forms of expression, as well as his personal collections.

Centre Pompidou

This surprising Center for Contemporary and Modern Art, with its power plant feel, boasts one of the very first modern art collections in Europe, similar to that of the Tate Museum in London or the Modern Art Museum in New York.

Musée d’Orsay

The former railway station, Gare d’Orsay, was built for the 1990 World's Fair, and now houses the Musée d’Orsay. The museum is devoted to 19th century art and impressionist painting. It frequently plays host to significant exhibitions. It has an easier access on Thursdays after 3:00 p.m., thanks to the late opening until 10:00 p.m.

Musée Jacquemart-André

Built at the end of the 14th century, this mansion showcases key French oeuvres (works) from the 18th century and the Italian Renaissance. In addition, the works of leading Flemish and Dutch painters including Fragonard, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Botticelli and Van Dyck are part of a permanent exhibition.

Matignon-St Honoré

Art markets are thriving in Paris, and the Matignon-St Honoré district located a few steps from the hotel will delight design enthusiasts. Lining the streets of rue du Faubourg St Honoré, avenue Matignon, rue de Penthièvre, rue La Boétie, rue du Cirque and rue de Miromesnil, you'll discover more than 100 specialty stores. Gallerists, framers, antique stores and book stores will all welcome you inside, where the staff will show you their treasures and share their expert knowledge. Specialties include Pre-Colombian art, antiques, old furniture, old paintings and drawings, works of art from all periods, rugs, tapestries, impressionist paintings, modern paintings, contemporary art, art deco, jewelry, etc.

Le Carré Rive Gauche

This area of the Left Bank, spanning the 6th and 7th arrondissements, along the rue de l’Université, rue des Saints Pères, rue de Lille, rue de Verneuil, quai Voltaire, rue du Bac and rue de Beaune, has more than 120 art galleries and antique stores to peruse if you're on a stroll in this corner of Paris. The area has welcomed many artists into its realm, including Jean-Auguste Ingres, Gustave Moreau and Jean-Baptiste Corot. Regardless of whether the professionals are experts or generalists, you can find all kinds of items here: silverware, glassware, Art Nouveau furniture, rare items from the Far East, ceramics, tapestries, etc. Items are regularly bought here by the surrounding museums to further expand their collections.

Village Suisse

Opened in time for the 1990 World's Fair in Paris, Village Suisse is an open-air market run by art specialists. More than 100 gallerists, designers, armorers, watchmakers, jewelers, antique dealers and bric-a-brac traders await you from Thursday to Sunday. Since the big names under the Louvre des Antiquaires recently set up shop here, the site has seen renewed interest.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Financed by the LVMH group, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a museum dedicated to contemporary art, opened in 2014. The construction was entrusted to American-Canadian architect Krank Gehry, who designed the spectacular Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and the Dancing House in Prague. Inspired by the many glass buildings that adorned the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the 19th century, the 46-meter-high foundation is composed of 12 immense glass veils, supported by an impressive steel and concrete structure. The museum is made up of 11 galleries spread over three levels, as well as an auditorium, a café and a book store. In addition to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, other events including debates, master classes and musical performances are often organized. From the terrace, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views over Paris and La Défense.

Le Palais de Tokyo

This contemporary arts center neighbors the Musée d’Art Moderne in the city of Paris, between Place de l’Alma and Place du Trocadéro. It is a multidisciplinary site, dedicated to creativity in all its forms: dance, film, fashion, crafts, design and painting are just a few examples. Many of the temporary exhibitions have been extended and are well worth a visit.

Nissim de Camondo museum

The extraordinarily sumptuous Musée Nissim de Camondo is located in a private home that was commissioned and lived in by the fantastically rich Parisian, Moïse de Camondo. Right next to the beautiful Monceau park, it provides a countryside escape within the city. It is less known than the hot spots of Paris and can be seen as the equivalent of the Frick collection in New York.

Maison de Balzac

Tucked into the hills of Passy, the Balzac's House is the last of the novelist’s Parisian residences to remain standing today. It is in this house that from 1840 to 1847, Balzac worked on The Human Comedy and wrote some of his masterpieces. This unknown place will provide a unique experience in a very quiet district of town.

Musée Maxim’s

One step away from Hôtel de Crillon, you will find a unique collection in France of furniture and Art Nouveau objects collected by the famous French designer Pierre Cardin over the course of sixty years.

MARKETS

Marche aux Puces

If you love bric-a-brac, vintage furniture, second-hand paintings and pre-loved works of art, and the idea of searching for antiques in Paris puts you off, then the “Marché aux Puces” (flea market) is the place for you. Located at St Ouen, this is the kind of place where you can unearth a rare find in record time in a charming setting.

Between Porte de St Ouen and Porte de Clignancourt, more than 1,400 antique dealers and second-hand traders are spread over 14 different sections or markets. Check out the décor in Ma Cocotte, a restaurant within the market, designed by Philippe Stark.

Food markets

The chic, organic market in Batignolles is a popular choice, selling signature products from local producers every Saturday.

Marché des Enfants Rouges: This is one of the oldest covered markets in the capital, where people come to sample and enjoy local produce, as well as food from around the world.

Organic market on boulevard Raspail: Open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, this market offers up organic produce. Frequented by artists and stars of the stage who live in the area, it's one of the trendiest markets in Paris, akin to the Passy food market.

Marché d’Aligre: Popular with Parisian chefs, this market is sheltered under an inverted hull-shaped structure, selling various foods and beautiful flowers.

GARDENS

Jardin des Tuileries

The former royal residence - Palais des Tuileries - no longer stands, but its French formal gardens still do; the remaining link between the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées. A great spot, not far from the hotel and perfect for a morning jog.

Le Parc et la Roseraie de Bagatelle

This magnificent roseraie ('rose garden') was created in 1905, and sits in the heart of Bois de Boulogne. Each year, it is a place of renewed creativity, where visitors can discover new varieties of roses. Taste the subtle flavours in the tea room and experience the timeless atmosphere.

Jardin du Luxembourg

One of the oldest gardens in Paris, created for the French Queen Catherine de' Medici, is also the site of Palais du Luxembourg, the seat of the current French Senate. A wonderful setting that's close to St Germain-des-Près, it is the perfect place for a stroll or a rest. Théâtre de Guignol hosts games for children, and pony rides will delight little ones.

La Coulée Verte

The Promenade Plantée, also known as the Coulée Verte, spans the entire 12th arrondissement of Paris (4.5 km.) It follows the path of a disused railway line, linking the surrounding areas of Bastille (Avenue Daumesnil) to Porte de Vincennes. It was largely inspired by New York's High Line park.

Jardins du Palais Royal

This haven of peace has been uniting places of power and pleasure for the last four centuries. Welcome to one of the most charming gardens in the capital, framed in a calm and cultural setting. With its covered arches, you can amble along the window displays no matter what the weather.